THE BEST OF BOTH DE­PART­MENTS

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The Vercors strad­dles two de­part­ments on an ap­prox­i­mate north-south axis, with the up­per half in Isère, the lower half in Drôme, and groups to­gether seven ter­ri­to­ries. There are no main towns in the re­gion, rather a net­work of vil­lages which, be­tween them, pro­vide the nec­es­sary ser­vices for the 52,000 in­hab­i­tants.

A prin­ci­pal ac­cess route to the Vercors from the west is via the vil­lage of Pon­ten-Roy­ans, where the road bi­fur­cates to take you to the Qu­a­tre Mon­tagnes area via the won­der­ful, if slightly scary, Gorges de la Bourne, or down to­wards the ter­ri­tory of Roy­ans-Drôme where the roads open out to re­veal wide pretty prairies against a dra­matic moun­tain back­drop. A key ac­cess point through the ages, Pont-en-Roy­ans has a fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory and is home to some re­mark­able houses built sus­pended out over the river on the rock face, which was a way of pro­vid­ing in­creased ac­com­mo­da­tion in the vil­lage in the busy 19th cen­tury.

Grotte de Cho­ranche

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